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Learning Environments

The Skinner Box is an ideal learning environment–for certain kinds of learning: It’s safe to say that liberal learning, complex critical thinking, innovation, indeed all the higher-order thinking skills vital to the 21st century, are not well served by the … Continue reading

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“Libraries of the Future”

J. C. R. Licklider has as strong a claim as anyone to be called the inventor of the Internet–or at least the inventor whose vision and tireless evangelizing propelled the Internet into being. From his 1960 essay “Man-Computer Symbiosis” to … Continue reading

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The VT 2020 Difference: A Blog Post From The Future

An imagined blog post by “Clay,” a member of the Virginia Tech Class of 2020, reflecting on the ways in which his alma mater invented the future of networked learning communities. Clay’s blog – a student at Virginia Tech in … Continue reading

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Learning And Technology: Further Resources

1989 University Task Force Report (Digital Technology)   [slideshare id=7753307&doc=1989univ-taskforcereportdigitaltechnology-110427104639-phpapp02] 2011 Horizon Report (descriptive and predictive timetable for uses of emerging technology in higher education) 2020 Teachers 6 Top Ten Tech Trends on the Horizon for Higher Education, The Chronicle … Continue reading

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Organizational Systems Subcommittee Report

Organizational Systems for VT2020 The Organizational Systems Subcommittee of the Task Force on Instructional Technology was asked to respond to the questions “Where is the edge?” and “Who is on the edge?”  License was granted to alter the questions, and … Continue reading

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Pedagogy, Faculty, Resources

Three primary elements for evaluating the strength of a program are pedagogy, faculty, and resources. Pedagogy is, of course, the most difficult to gauge for visitors; however, its mix of philosophy, technique, and sense of “mysticism” are the engine that drives faculty engagement … Continue reading

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Communities of Practice for Faculty and Staff

What is a community of practice? Social learning theorist Etienne Wenger is generally credited with inventing the term. Here’s his definition: Communities of practice are formed by people who engage in a process of collective learning in a shared domain … Continue reading

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Visions Of The Possible

Many grand challenges and extraordinary opportunities have already emerged in the digital age. Many more are on the way. All of these challenges will involve computers. All will involve learning. All will involve collaboration. And as the diagram below indicates, … Continue reading

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Awakening The Digital Imagination

[Education] ought to teach and reward initiative, curiosity, the habit of self-motivation, intellectual involvement…. Educators and computer enthusiasts tend to agree on these goals. But what happens? Many of the inhumanities of the existing system, no less wrong for being … Continue reading

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